Shawn Kephart, the founder of K180 Fitness, uses his own experience struggling with body image and weight loss to lead his students towards their fitness goals. His comprehensive regimen approaches fitness from eight core areas, using a 20,000 square foot gym ergonomically designed for motivation. Certified trainers—many of whom have overcome body image issues, disabilities, or chronic illness—lead classes and personal training sessions, and the gym is also equipped with a full-service kitchen and private lockers and showers.
“Sisters in sweat” Mary and Mandy approach fitness with a philosophy of cooperation. They believe that when one works out in pairs or groups, they are more willing to push themselves harder because they will, in a sense, be succeeding for those motivating them. Together, Mary and Mandy captain boot camps and fitness classes designed for women and men of all fitness levels, including beginners, parents, and mothers-to-be.
At Island Fitness Studio, bodies learn to defy physics, becoming at once firm and bendable. That's because the instructors specialize in tightening cores and enhancing reach. Their group Pilates, yoga, and Beyond Barre sessions coach muscles in the art of balance, extending limbs upward during hot Vinyasa sequences and leveraging focused, dance-inspired stretches against a ballet barre. Other classes, such as TRX suspension training and spinning, complement these flexing routines with resistance and cardio workouts.
Power Pilates–certified teachers also lead private apparatus sessions. They familiarize clients with the Reformer, Tower, Wunda Chair, and other props, all of which develop patrons' posture and strength more safely than fusing steel beams to their skeletons. Regardless of the number of people involved in a lesson, the guides personalize their approach to suit varying goals and fitness levels. The studio can even furnish advanced students with Power Pilates and Beyond Barre certifications.
Family Circle Tennis Center is an award-winning public facility that encompasses 17 championship tennis courts—13 clay and 4 hard courts, all lighted for night play—including the 10,200-seat Family Circle Stadium. Surrounded by a lush landscape and ancient oak trees, the 32-acre facility charms its guests with a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse and pro shop, which include luxury locker-room facilities and a bevy of tennis services. The grounds host tennis camps, one-on-one instruction, and special events such as the historic Family Circle Cup, a tournament that invites some of the world's top tennis players to compete.
Tennis fans of all ages descend upon Daniel Island in Charleston for the annual nine-day Family Circle Cup tournament, which showcases some of the top racket-wielding talents that the Women's Tennis Association has to offer. Throughout the week, a total of 56 singles players and 16 doubles teams battle toe-to-toe for not only a hefty prize purse but also to join the ranks of such past champions as Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, and the Williams sisters. Rather than assembling a nest beneath the umpire's chair, attendees can perch in general-admission grandstand seats during one of four evening sessions or during Sunday's finale, when both the singles and doubles brackets will reach thrilling championship culminations.
2011 marks Family Circle Cup's 11th year at the award-winning Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island, and its 39th consecutive year on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour. Family Circle's "Game, Set, Rock! Tennis. Amplified." event treats ears to a buffet of pulse-pumping music as eyes feast upon an evening's worth of singles and mixed-doubles matches by four tennis titans. Watch eight-time Family Circle Cup singles champion Chris Evert pair up with Todd Martin to take on four-time singles champion Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe. All the athletes will be wearing microphones so that attendees can hear every grunt, gasp, and witty one liner that emanates from players' vocal chords. Groupon buyers may also choose to attend the Family Circle Cup finale, the final round of play during the tournament wherein the 2011 Family Circle Cup winner will be crowned.